Light-fingered Londoners may have stolen all the vintage milk bottles that Ruby’s famous blackberry mojitos were once served in, but that hasn’t stopped the place from shining with details. In the basement of a five-storey townhouse, knick-knacks and odd furniture fill a small drinks den, and unusual cocktails sparkle in decorative glasses, served on retro beer mats. Classics are given a twist (like the very spicy Chili Apple Martini) and a seasonal menu explores new concoctions (try pine liquor and liquorice mixed with gin in autumn's Pinin' For Home). So even if Ruby’s doesn’t appear to sparkle from street-level, step down the rickety staircase into a cave of treasures, glistening features and strong-looking, strong-tasting cocktails. Just don’t nick anything, all right?
76 Stoke Newington Rd
|Opening hours:||Open: 6-11pm Wed, Thur; 6pm-midnight Fri, Sat.|
|Transport:||Tube: Dalston Kingsland Overground|
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Easily one of my favourite bars in London. The menu is updated each season but the classic chilli apple martinis are always a winner. They're also hosting some fun summer parties in the warehouse spaces out the back which always have great booze flowing.
The staff are absolutely wonderful at Ruby's Bar, and I can't help but go as frequently as I can to the place. It's local to me, living in Stoke Newington, and the drinks are always phenomenal. Do get there early on Friday and Saturday, as the small basement bar fills up quick, leading to queuing.